TropiKale Cupcakes

I'll be honest, when leafy greens were chosen for the subject of this month's #lovebloghop I sort of went, "Arrrgghhhh!!!"  Let's face it, the sort of sweet baking I'm most fond of and the average leafy green don't go all that well together.  But it is almost St. Patrick's Day, and there was a little bit of inspiration with that.

TropiKale Cupcakes

8-10 oz. Kale
3 Tbsp lime juice
2 1/2 c. Fancy Flour Blend
1/2 c. millet flour
1 c. white rice flour
1/4 c. + 2 Tbsp sweet rice flour
1/2 c. tapioca flour
2 Tbsp potato starch
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
dash salt
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
2 tsp lime zest
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
green food color, if desired
1/2 c. lemon/lime flavored carbonated water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with paper wrappers.
Steam kale until just bright green and just starting to lose crispness.

Blend with lime juice to make a smooth puree.  Set aside to cool.
In a bowl, sift together flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat eggs until light and foamy.  Add sugar and beat until light and lemony.

Add 3 Tbsp of kale puree, lime zest, and vegetable oil, and food color if desired.  Beat until well combined.  Add flour mixture and mix until smooth.  Gently stir in carbonated water.
Fill cupcake papers with a 2 oz disher.  Bake for 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cream cheese
2 Tbsp butter
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp crushed pineapple.

Cream together cream cheese and butter.  Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Add remaining sugar alternately with pineapple until a spreading consistency is reached.  Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

So, sneak a little kale past your little leprechauns in some green cupcakes this St. Paddy's Day!


  1. What a clever idea! Love the vibrant green color, perfect for St Patty's Day!

  2. WOW! These look increible and so good for you! I agree with Amy, they're a great St. Pattys Day treat and clever!

  3. these look so cool.. perfect for st paddys!

  4. Fantastic! These sound like they taste really good, and I love that there is no fake dyes in them. Great job! :)

  5. There were fun, and the citrus is just enough to cover the slight brassica flavor. :-)

    Veganyackattack - I did use a bit of food color. But the India Tree line of colors are pretty harmless.

  6. These cupcakes looks really awesome...such a pretty color..nice job!




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